Landry lands two

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Sean Fleming hadn't missed a field goal since September of last year.

However, the veteran Edmonton Eskimo kicker's streak of 14 consecutive three-pointers came to an unceremonious end in the second quarter last night.

When Fleming sailed his 43-yard attempt wide of the mark, Montreal Alouettes return specialist Ezra Landry hot-footed it 125 yards the other way for a touchdown.

Then after repeatedly hoofing the ball out of bounds, Fleming punted the ball to Landry in the third quarter.

SEE-SAW GAME

Landry ran that one back 74 yards for another major as the Als rallied for a 32-29 win over the visiting Esks in a see-saw game before a sellout crowd of 20,202.

Damon Duval's 48-yard field goal with no time on the clock capped the comeback and lifted Montreal to the win.

"It feels good doing it to Edmonton," smiled Landry, plucked off the Esks' practice roster last July. "But we've got a couple of (ex Esks) and the win was for Terry (Vaughn) and Crutch (Darrel Crutchfield).

"We needed a win tonight. It wouldn't have mattered if the Patriots were in here. We needed a win. If all I'm going to do is return, I have to go out and make plays."

But two big plays in one game?

"That's sick, huh," grinned Montreal's five-foot-four, 155-pound returner.

Landry's missed field goal return was the longest in Montreal history and fourth-longest in CFL history behind Ron Hopkins (128), Corey Grant (127) and Wayne McGarity (126).

Fleming made a concerted attempt to put the grab on the New Orleans-born returner at the Montreal 30-yard line but couldn't bring him down.

Long-snapper Taylor Inglis was the last Eskimo with a shot at hauling Landry down but ran out of gas at the Edmonton 10-yard line.

"I need to make those field goals and they're makeable for sure," said Fleming, who was shouldering the blame for the loss which halted the Esks two-game win streak and dropped their seasonal log to 2-1-0.

"It also totally erases one of the best punting games of my career - besides, obviously, the one he ran back.

"Punting out of bounds is difficult. If it was easy, you'd see everyone doing it. I'm trying to get every punt out of bounds, but every once in a while you mis-hit it."

Edmonton returner Tony Tompkins got in on the act in the fourth quarter as he cruised 93 yards into the end zone after fielding a Duval punt to put Edmonton ahead by a count of 28-23. In retrospect, the play was bittersweet.

"It was pretty easy. I had great blocking," said Tompkins, who replaced Keyuo Craver as the punt returner on the Esks' roster last week.

"I didn't have to do too much. I just had to make one move. It was wide open and made it look real easy for me.

"Those returns (by Landry) were real big, but they are just things that happen. We just have to come back and correct our mistakes."

SPLIT THE UPRIGHTS

After the Esks went two and out on their final possession of the game, Duval split the uprights on the final play of the tilt.

"I'll enjoy tonight and then we'll get ready for the next game," offered Duval, who whiffed on a go-ahead trey in a loss to Ottawa last week.

The Esks will be looking to get back in the win column when they host Winnipeg next Friday.


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